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Confused!  Different watch?!  But definitely workable and classy for a slender-wristed gent.

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Confused!  Different watch?!  But definitely workable and classy for a slender-wristed gent.

 

Oyeah, sorry. My brother-in-law sent me a pic of the 2573 that was being sold for under $4K.  Looking at too many watches!

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Both would be a horrible waste of 4k imho.  The 1k watches above would have more integrity - and are basically the same as what you're proposing to buy for 4.  If you're not interested in vintage/used (a world of wonders at your budget), then I'd suggest an Omega for that kind of price - a Speedmaster Professional is the obvious choice if you want a sports chrono, or you could get a 42mm Seamaster in that budget too if you like the dive watch thing.

 

Ive been learning on this thread for these reasons...im not the most knowledgeable watch guy but want to make the right decision in terms of buying a good quality watch that has some integrity.

 

I have an omega speedmaster (not professional) so would want to stay away from another Omega.

 

What would you consider? which vintage/used?

 

Thanks

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As it turns out, I am back on the hunt - but for a family member who wants to give his wife a "significant" mechanical piece for their 10th wedding anniversary. His wife already has a Cartier (quartz) and a B&M but they tend to be on the dressier side and he wants a mechanical piece that (a) she can wear on a daily basis and (b) would be on the sporty/stainless side but still be (c) acceptably "classic." His words, not mine. Budget is $3,000 to $5,000. Says his wife is fine with a men's size as long as it doesn't exceed 40mm.

Frilly, I would not recommend this for hard-core watch appreciators...but as a women's piece for this kind of situation, perhaps the Tiffany Atlas?

Can't get a pic to paste, but here's the link:

http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=27348483&mcat=148205&cid=288186&search_params=s+5-p+14-c+288186-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+


Stainless, automatic movement (ETA? not sure), white enamel dial, $4500...looks feminine on the white strap especially. (I guess that could be changed out for after-market).

Certainly not a large/ man's size watch at only 30mm, but comes across kind of sporty, IMO.

Just an idea.

I'm well aware this a jewelry house and not horologically pure, so to speak-- but as they say, there isn't a lady in the world that doesn't love "the little blue box".
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Hamilton is a great choice for an entry level watch. They are fairly priced, robust, well made, and all that jazz.

In that price range, I would look at the following:

Tissot Visodate
Various Hamiltons
Stowa--MO, Pilot, etc.
Seiko SARB

I am sure that there are others I cannot think of, but those are the ones that are popping into my head right now.

Of course, you could always give him your Breitling smile.gif.

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I'd vote for a Stowa - less ubiquitous than the Hamilton's, and you are not buying a watch from a big group, but rather from a small independent watchmaker trying to do interesting things (Jorg Schauer, the reviver of the Stowa brand).


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I agree with the suggestions above: personally I like Stowa for something casual but simple, and Tissot for a chunky sports chrono.  Yes, they're generic, but as they fall into that price range, they strike me as bang on for the money.  Hamilton I've never hankered after, but seems to fall into the same bag.  I'm thinking of something similar for my own son - probably a Tissot chronograph of some sort.  And maybe the Stowa for myself!

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll look into Stowa as well. I guess they only sell over the Internet?
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Frilly, I would not recommend this for hard-core watch appreciators...but as a women's piece for this kind of situation, perhaps the Tiffany Atlas?
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Can't get a pic to paste, but here's the link:
http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=27348483&mcat=148205&cid=288186&search_params=s+5-p+14-c+288186-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+
Stainless, automatic movement (ETA? not sure), white enamel dial, $4500...looks feminine on the white strap especially. (I guess that could be changed out for after-market).
Certainly not a large/ man's size watch at only 30mm, but comes across kind of sporty, IMO.
Just an idea.
I'm well aware this a jewelry house and not horologically pure, so to speak-- but as they say, there isn't a lady in the world that doesn't love "the little blue box".

^^ i like that ^^

we have this one for sale on a leather band.

http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=25387031&mcat=148205&cid=288186&search_params=s+5-p+16-c+288186-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+



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beautiful, full boxes, appraisal and paperwork from tiffany, and in superb condition. would gladly sell it for a great price. spam[1].gif
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Khal, there's no need to listen to me, I know little.  But I do know that for $4,000 there are a hell of a lot of awesome things around if you're happy to go used/vintage.

 

Maybe if you spell out some preferences and/or red lines e.g. dress or sport, maximum or minimum size, bracelet or strap, preferences in colour etc?  There are a lot of very knowledgeable guys here with a lot of very cool under-$5k watches.  I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions.  "What can I get for X?" seems to be a more exciting question than "should I buy this?", so I would hope a few of the masters will rise to the challenge: 

 

Come on fellas..."Khal's $4k Watch Challenge" - no limits to imagination or specification so far!

 

To get the ball rolling, based on a simple search in a few minutes, here are some of my suggestions for a $4k maximum:

 

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Rolex Air King.  It's small for a modern man's watch at 34mm, but if you're a slender guy, it might work for you.  And if it does, it's a brand new, classically-proportioned Rolex for under four grand.

 

But I'm assuming you like a bigger watch based on what you said before, so:

 

For an alternative to the Tag you suggested, maybe a Zenith El Primero.  There are a few around new on clearance that fit the budget, and it's got the credibility of an original (and historical) movement.  Another chronograph I've seen on here a few times and liked the look of, is the Baume and Mercien Capeland.  It's pretty much the same under the skin as the Tag, but I find the style a bit more refined, there are many colour options, and it's under budget.

 

But for something less obvious and sporty, but still big and modern, I'd refer back to the suggestions I made to Frilly above: the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit  is a really unusual and distinctive watch, and just bumps against the top of your budget.  A grand cheaper are the other Nomos Zurich options, which I think are very cool in the blue, brown and original no-date versions.  There's a cool anthracite version to complete the set.  They all come with a date window too; I just don't like it.  This German maker are really appealing to me right now, with an in-house movement for about $3,000 I think they look great, and the black shell cordovan strap is a nice and unusual touch too.

 

But you said try used, so here we go.

 

Again, if you can cope with a smaller watch, there is a lot around.  You can get a solid gold cased Jaeger LeCoultre or even Vacheron Constantin dress watch for under $4k.  But if it's going to look too small, then never mind - no point in buying it for the name and shininess if you feel like a girl with it on your wrist.  Unless it's for a girl.  But if you happen to be a very slender man like our Frilly, then there is plenty around at 33-34mm that will be incredible value.

 

Anyway, assuming not, here are some others:

 

First off, Rolex.  Used and under $4k, you can find any number of DateJusts in every conceivable colour and style.  Proper Rolex with box and papers, 36mm is a nice subtle man size in my opinion (and I'm a big fat bastard), I think you'll feel you've got something solid for your money.  And if you change your mind, it won't depreciate a dime.

 

But talking of solid gold, there are one or two.  Over the last few pages, there was discussion of the Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox.  I just saw a gold one, with a 37mm case, for your price.  Maybe a bit of a niche taste, but a thought.

 

Otherwise, a brand that stood out to me in this price range is IWC.  A pilot watch might suit your sporty taste and is quite fashionable these days.  Or for something different, the Ingenieur is the original anti-magnetic watch, in case you're an X-Man.

 

 

 

Were I in your shoes, and remembering that this is all predicated on "I don't want another Omega", I'd skip any more chronographs (you have your Speedy) and get something different next.  If it's new, I'd get the regular Nomos Zurich for something smart.  If it's used, I'd get the DateJust for versatility and just being a Rolex.  But you're not me, you're you, so find something that keeps you awake at night drooling.  To be honest, I kind of want all of them, and that is a word of warning about reading this thread!

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^^ i like that ^^

we have this one for sale on a leather band.

beautiful, full boxes, appraisal and paperwork from tiffany, and in superb condition. would gladly sell it for a great price.

 

 

Now how's that for service, eh?  Got to hand it to the man for keeping his eye on the game; someone give him a raise!  He sells even when he's lazing on the net!

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Khal, there's no need to listen to me, I know little.  But I do know that for $4,000 there are a hell of a lot of awesome things around if you're happy to go used/vintage.

 

Maybe if you spell out some preferences and/or red lines e.g. dress or sport, maximum or minimum size, bracelet or strap, preferences in colour etc?  T


New:


But I'm assuming you like a bigger watch based on what you said before, so:

 

For an alternative to the Tag you suggested, maybe a Zenith El Primero

 

But for something less obvious and sporty, but still big and modern, I'd refer back to the suggestions I made to Frilly above: the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit  is a really unusual and distinctive watch, and just bumps against the top of your budget.  A grand cheaper are the other Nomos Zurich options, which I think are very cool in the blue, brown and original no-date versions.  There's a cool anthracite version to complete the set. 

But you said try used, so here we go.

 


Otherwise, a brand that stood out to me in this price range is IWC.  A pilot watch might suit your sporty taste and is quite fashionable these days.  Or for something different, the Ingenieur is the original anti-magnetic watch, in case you're an X-Man.

 

 

 

Thanks-appreciate the wisdom.  I wish the budget was alot higher because I have seen some beautiful watches on this thread.

 

 

I have the Omega Speedmaster ST 375.0054

, white dial chrono but have no qualms with another chronograph.

 

because i dont have a watch collection and would like this to be more of a daily in rotation with the above.

 

I would like a leather strap, maybe a darker dial to have a different look.  Nothing too small.  Some of the above mentioned were too small.  Im thinking 38-42?

 

A watch that can be worn with a suit or casual on jeans.  I could have taken an easier route and just bought a watch based on looks from a fashion co but want something to say, oh, he may know something about watches....even though I dont.

 

As for your suggestions, i liked the Zenith El Primero the most followed by the IWC

 

Not sure how I feel about the Nomos style yet

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Now how's that for service, eh?  Got to hand it to the man for keeping his eye on the game; someone give him a raise!  He sells even when he's lazing on the net!

nod[1].gif gots to be on my game, brosephson.
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My new JLC strap arrived!! Brown alligator.

And I just had the watch polished and serviced. Cant wait to put this on, it will be like having a new watch!

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Stitch I love the strap. I have mine with white stitching and I love it with the dark stitching
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Good looking strap, and top notch quality too.  Make the watch pics happen soon.

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Stitch I love the strap. I have mine with white stitching and I love it with the dark stitching
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Good looking strap, and top notch quality too.  Make the watch pics happen soon.

thanks, guys. i hope to sneak home the DSLR from work and some pics up ASAP, if not, monday at the latest.
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Just posting a random wrist shot / rock your socks / shoe porn / look at my ugly office carpet combo pic:

 

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